PowerQuest protects Windows servers

Storage software vendor PowerQuest this week will announce software aimed at helping network executives more easily save and back up Windows 2000 and upcoming .Net server data.

PowerQuest V2i Protector software lets customers take scheduled point-in-time images of the operating system, data and applications on server-attached, network-attached or Fibre Channel storage-area network devices. The product is the first module in PowerQuest's Storage Lifecyle Automation Management (SLAM) family, which automates the management of storage from creation through provisioning, protection and archiving to deletion.

SLAM ultimately will include modules that help users manage and set storage policies. The other two modules will be introduced over the next year.

"With PowerQuest's software, you can take a Windows 2000 server, and while that server is in production, you can take an image or backup of the data or system partition to another disk," says Eric Grigsby, senior network engineer with Mount Hood Computer Services in Portland, Ore. He has approximately 100 NT and Win 2000 servers in his network.

A marriage of systems

"It's a marriage between what you traditionally get with tape back-up systems and desk imaging systems. The cool thing is you can stick a CD in a server that has failed and it does a bare metal restore of the server from the last image you took," he says.

To use V2i Protector, a network manager installs the software on a server called the Enterprise Image Server and agents on each server that will be protected. Then he sets up the imaging process, telling the system of which disks to create an image. Once the image is created, it is stored on the Enterprise Image Server, where it can be used to re-image a lost or failed volume without rebooting the server. Images can be restored to a new drive until the failed drive is repaired.

PowerQuest says it is the only vendor whose software creates point-in-time copies and images of the disk.

Other vendors, including Veritas Software, Network Appliance, Sun and BMC Software, have software that takes snapshots of the disk. Still other vendors such as Altiris and NovaStor provide imaging capabilities.

PowerQuest V2i Protector costs US$700 per server and will be available next month.

PowerQuest: www.powerquest.com.

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